Awesome Respite aims to reduce the stress families with children on the Autism Spectrum have by providing in-home and community-based respite care services. Our goal is to lessen family life challenges for parents and siblings of children with autism. Our team is experienced and passionate to serve this population of children and their families. While providing respite care services we promote social skill building and assist with daily living activities. We also incorporate your child's daily routine in our activities.
Our Awesome Team
LaToya Drummond, M.A., Founder and CEO
LaToya (Toya) has been in the field of special education since her senior year of high school. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Juvenile Justice from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She also obtained her Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Bowie State University. Toya offers over twelve years of experience working with children with special needs. Of those twelve years, eight years were spent providing direct services to individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Throughout her career, she has served as an Adult and Child Respite Aide, Child and Adolescent Respite Housing Supervisor, In-home Behavior Therapist, a Crisis Intervention Specialist, an Autism Teacher Assistant, Applied Behavior Analyst (ABA) Therapist, ABA Lead Special Education Teacher, and her current role, a Special Education Reading Resource Teacher.
Justin Nwachu, M.Ed, COO
Justin Nwachu has been in the field of education for the past ten years and has worked with a wide variety of students throughout his career. He has experience servicing children in both public and private settings. Justin also has experience working in the general education setting, individuals with on the Autism Spectrum, as well as other Developmental Disorders. He has served as a Special Education Teacher, Physical Education and Health Teacher, Adult and Child Respite Aide, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapist, Behavior Specialist, Vocational Coordinator, Certified Medical Technician, Direct Support Staff, and his current role as a Media Specialist Teacher. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Services, with a concentration in Counseling. Additionally, Justin is also a graduate of the University of Maryland University College, where he received his Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology.